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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684297/is-medical-marijuana-legalisation-possible-in-poland
#1
Dorota Rogowska-Szadkowska, Julia Strumiło, Sławomir Chlabicz
OBJECTIVES: In some countries of the world it is legal to use plant-based marijuana for therapeutic purposes. When we had learned that 7,000 petitioners (including doctors) signed the petition to enable access to marijuana for patients in the Czech Republic, we decided to examine the knowledge about marijuana's medical properties among Polish medical students. METHODS: Anonymous questionnaire study was conducted on a group of 181 of students of the last (sixth) year of medical school...
March 2018: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648861/an-assessment-of-concurrent-cannabidiol-and-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-tetrahydrocannabinol-administration-in-place-aversion-and-taste-avoidance-conditioning
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Briana J Hempel, Matthew M Clasen, Katharine H Nelson, Claudia J Woloshchuk, Anthony L Riley
Rising interest in medical marijuana has prompted research into its phytocannabinoid constituents, particularly Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Coadministration of CBD with THC has been shown to modulate a number of THC's effects, including its negative stimulus properties (e.g., anxiety, paranoia, psychosis) in a clinical setting. The present series of experiments extended these analyses by examining the ability of CBD to impact the aversive effects of THC as assessed in a combined taste and place conditioning procedure...
April 2018: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533978/cannabinoid-receptors-and-the-endocannabinoid-system-signaling-and-function-in-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Shenglong Zou, Ujendra Kumar
The biological effects of cannabinoids, the major constituents of the ancient medicinal plant Cannabis sativa (marijuana) are mediated by two members of the G-protein coupled receptor family, cannabinoid receptors 1 (CB1R) and 2. The CB1R is the prominent subtype in the central nervous system (CNS) and has drawn great attention as a potential therapeutic avenue in several pathological conditions, including neuropsychological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, cannabinoids also modulate signal transduction pathways and exert profound effects at peripheral sites...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455553/correlates-of-missed-clinic-visits-among-youth-living-with-hiv
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Nicholas Tarantino, Larry K Brown, Laura Whiteley, M Isabel Fernández, Sharon L Nichols, Gary Harper
Youth living with HIV (YLH) have significant problems with attending their medical appointments. Poor attendance, consequently, predicts viral non-suppression and other negative health outcomes. To identity targets of intervention, this cross-sectional study examined correlates of past-year missed clinic visits among YLH (N = 2125) attending HIV clinics in the United States and Puerto Rico. Thirty-six percent of YLH missed two or more visits in the past year. Several factors were associated with missed visits in our regression model...
February 17, 2018: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29377381/medical-cannabis-a-forward-vision-for-the-clinician
#5
REVIEW
M A Fitzcharles, E Eisenberg
Medical cannabis has entered mainstream medicine and is here to stay. Propelled by public advocacy, the media and mostly anecdote rather than sound scientific study, patients worldwide are exploring marijuana use for a vast array of medical conditions including management of chronic pain. Contrary to the usual path of drug approval, medical cannabis has bypassed traditional evidence-based study and has been legalized as a therapeutic product by legislative bodies in various countries. While there is a wealth of basic science and preclinical studies demonstrating effects of cannabinoids in neurobiological systems, especially those pertaining to pain and inflammation, clinical study remains limited...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350699/medical-cannabis-the-oncology-nurse-s-role-in-patient-education-about-the-effects-of-marijuana-on-cancer-palliation
#6
Carey S Clark
BACKGROUND: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is legal either medicinally or recreationally in 29 states and the District of Columbia, with a majority of the U.S. adult population now living in states where cannabis is legal for medicinal use. As an advocate for patient autonomy and informed choice, the oncology nurse has an ethical responsibility to educate patients about and support their use of cannabis for palliation.
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to discuss the human endocannabinoid system as a basis for better understanding the palliative and curative nature of cannabis as a medicine, as well as review cannabis delivery methods and the emerging role of the oncology nurse in this realm...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306816/-you-got-to-love-rosin-solventless-dabs-pure-clean-natural-medicine-exploring-twitter-data-on-emerging-trends-in-rosin-tech-marijuana-concentrates
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Francois R Lamy, Raminta Daniulaityte, Mussah Zatreh, Ramzi W Nahhas, Amit Sheth, Silvia S Martins, Edward W Boyer, Robert G Carlson
BACKGROUND: "Rosin tech" is an emerging solventless method consisting in applying moderate heat and constant pressure on marijuana flowers to prepare marijuana concentrates referred to as "rosin." This paper explores rosin concentrate-related Twitter data to describe tweet content and analyze differences in rosin-related tweeting across states with varying cannabis legal statuses. METHOD: English language tweets were collected between March 15, 2015 and April 17, 2017, using Twitter API...
February 1, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303392/examination-of-market-segmentation-among-medical-marijuana-dispensaries
#8
Alexis Cooke, Bridget Freisthler, Elycia Mulholland
BACKGROUND: As medical marijuana legislation becomes more common, concerns arise about the overconcentration of dispensaries, raising questions about the number of medicinal marijuana dispensaries (MMD) needed to serve medicinal users. OBJECTIVES: This paper applies niche-marketing theory-which suggests dispensaries market to specific types of people-to examine if MMDs might be targeting recreational users. Observed differences between dispensary populations and between dispensary clients and local residents may indicate that dispensaries are drawing in patients based on factors other than medical need...
January 5, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247863/becoming-a-medical-marijuana-user
#9
Stephen E Lankenau, Avat Kioumarsi, Megan Reed, Miles McNeeley, Ellen Iverson, Carolyn F Wong
BACKGROUND: Since marijuana became legal for medical use in California in 1996, reasons for medical use among medical marijuana patients (MMP) have become increasingly well described in qualitative studies. However, few studies have detailed how the use of marijuana for medical purposes fits into the broader career trajectories of either becoming a marijuana user or becoming a MMP, including the social influences on medical use. METHODS: Young adult MMP (N=40) aged 18 to 26 years old were recruited in Los Angeles, CA in 2014-15 and administered a semi-structured interview that included questions focusing on marijuana use practices before and after becoming MMP...
February 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237032/the-development-and-pilot-testing-of-the-marijuana-retail-surveillance-tool-mrst-assessing-marketing-and-point-of-sale-practices-among-recreational-marijuana-retailers
#10
Carla J Berg, Lisa Henriksen, Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, Gillian L Schauer, Bridget Freisthler
As recreational marijuana expands, it is critical to develop standardized surveillance measures to study the retail environment. To this end, our research team developed and piloted a tool assessing recreational marijuana retailers in a convenience sample of 20 Denver retailers in 2016. The tool assesses: (i) compliance and security (e.g. age-of-sale signage, ID checks, security cameras); (ii) marketing (i.e. promotions, product availability and price) and (iii) contextual and neighborhood features (i.e. retailer type, facilities nearby)...
December 1, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216523/use-of-synthetic-stimulants-and-hallucinogens-in-a-cohort-of-electronic-dance-music-festival-attendees
#11
Amanda L A Mohr, Melissa Friscia, Jillian K Yeakel, Barry K Logan
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS), often characterized as unregulated psychoactive compounds designed to circumvent existing legislation, have become mainstream on the illicit drug market. Because of their physical and mind-altering properties, NPS may be deliberately or inadvertently ingested at electronic dance music (EDM) festivals to enhance the attendees' appreciation of the music and overall experience. Their widespread use at EDM festivals have been well documented and several adverse events and fatalities associated with NPS ingestion have been reported in the United States...
January 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180549/family-physicians-perceived-prevalence-safety-and-screening-for-cigarettes-marijuana-and-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-use-during-pregnancy
#12
Thomas F Northrup, Michelle R Klawans, Yolanda R Villarreal, Adi Abramovici, Melissa A Suter, Joan M Mastrobattista, Carlos A Moreno, Kjersti M Aagaard, Angela L Stotts
OBJECTIVE: Assess perceptions of prevalence, safety, and screening practices for cigarettes and secondhand smoke exposure (SHSe), marijuana (and synthetic marijuana), electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS; eg, e-cigarettes), nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), and smoking-cessation medications during pregnancy, among primary care physicians (PCPs) providing obstetric care. METHODS: A web-based, cross-sectional survey was e-mailed to 3750 US physicians (belonging to organizations within the Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance)...
November 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180537/a-cross-sectional-study-examining-associations-between-substance-use-frequency-problematic-use-and-stis-among-youth-living-with-hiv
#13
Kristi E Gamarel, Sharon Nichols, Christopher W Kahler, Andrew O Westfall, Michelle A Lally, Craig M Wilson
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine the prevalence of STIs and whether substance use frequency and/or problematic use-specifically alcohol, marijuana and other drugs-was associated with having an STI diagnosis among youth living with HIV (YLWH) METHODS: A sample of 823 YLWH were recruited at 14 adolescent HIV clinics through the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions. Study staff abstracted STI data from medical records for up to 26 weeks prior to participants' completing a cross-sectional survey including the ASSIST (Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test), which measures substance use frequency and consequences...
November 27, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178487/therapeutic-benefit-of-smoked-cannabis-in-randomized-placebo-controlled-studies
#14
REVIEW
Lynneice L Bowen, Aimee L McRae-Clark
The medicinal use of marijuana has been legalized in 28 states, with a wide range of specificity for approved medical conditions. Even with the emergence of non-combustion-based delivery systems, 90% of marijuana users in 2014 used smoked marijuana. This review summarizes the data available on the use of smoked marijuana for medical purposes. A literature search was performed to retrieve randomized controlled trials exploring the efficacy of smoked cannabis for treatment of a medical condition. Studies with the primary end point listed as the effect of smoked cannabis on a disease-specific characteristic were included...
January 2018: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154062/survey-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-pediatric-inpatient-settings
#15
Sam Stubblefield
OBJECTIVES: While use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in children, we know little about its use for hospitalized children. This survey measured the rate of CAM use, specific modalities used, and policies related to CAM use for hospitalized children. DESIGN: Anonymous survey of hospitals in the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRĪS) network SETTING: Hospitals in the PRĪS network. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Rate of overall and specific CAM modality use, including whether these modalities are provided, permitted, or prohibited, and presence of a written policy on CAM use...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151103/immunoregulatory-role-of-cannabinoids-during-infectious-disease
#16
Rosalía Hernández-Cervantes, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Óscar Prospéro-García, Jorge Morales-Montor
Although the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in the regulation of several physiological processes, including sleep and the immune response, its role during infections has not been fully studied. It is well known that the use of this drug increases susceptibility to infections because of the impact on the modulation of the immune system. Concerning the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, its influence on the course of an infection, whether this has been caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and to a lesser degree, fungi, has been reported...
November 18, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092791/editorial-for-the-special-issue-on-behavior-change-health-and-health-disparities-2017
#17
EDITORIAL
Stephen T Higgins
This Special Issue of Preventive Medicine (PM) is the 4th in a series on behavior change, health, and health disparities, a topic of critical importance to improving U.S. population health. The U.S. ranks near the bottom on measures of population health relative to other industrialized countries despite spending orders of magnitude more on health care than any other nation. Population health experts agree that the area of personal behavior, or lifestyle, such as substance abuse, physical inactivity/obesity, and non-adherence with medical regimens is the single largest contributor to this situation...
November 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072720/cannabis-through-the-looking-glass-chemo-and-enantio-selective-separation-of-phytocannabinoids-by-enantioselective-ultra-high-performance-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
#18
G Mazzoccanti, O H Ismail, I D'Acquarica, C Villani, C Manzo, M Wilcox, A Cavazzini, F Gasparrini
By using the Inverted Chirality Columns Approach (ICCA) we have developed an enantioselective UHPSFC method to determine the enantiomeric excess (ee) of (-)-Δ9 -THC in medicinal marijuana (Bedrocan®). The ee was high (99.73%), but the concentration of the (+)-enantiomer (0.135 %) was not negligible, and it is worth a systematic evaluation of bioactivity.
November 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056081/the-risks-and-benefits-of-cannabis-in-the-dermatology-clinic
#19
Gurbir Dhadwal, Mark G Kirchhof
Cannabis ( Cannabis sativa/indica), also known as marijuana, has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for millennia. There has been a recent trend to legalize the use of cannabis, as illustrated by the recent legalization votes in numerous states in the United States and legislation in Canada to allow recreational cannabis use. With this increasing consumption of cannabis, dermatologists will see increased pressure to prescribe cannabis and will see the side effects of cannabis use with greater frequency...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991884/hiv-continuum-of-care-for-youth-in-the-united-states
#20
Michelle A Lally, Jacob J van den Berg, Andrew O Westfall, Bret J Rudy, Sybil G Hosek, J Dennis Fortenberry, Dina Monte, Mary R Tanney, Elizabeth J McFarland, Jiahong Xu, Bill G Kapogiannis, Craig M Wilson
BACKGROUND: Beneficial HIV treatment outcomes require success at multiple steps along the HIV Continuum of Care. Youth living with HIV are a key population, and sites in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) are known for modeling optimum HIV adolescent care. METHODS: A longitudinal cohort study conducted at 14 network sites across the United States assessed how the later steps of the Continuum of Care were achieved among the youth: engagement, treatment, and viral load (VL) suppression...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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